£2m investment planned for Birchwood Train Station

Picture shows (from left): Steve Hunter, transportation manager, Warrington Borough Council; Jon Kelly, Network Rail; Councillor Brian Axcell; Dave Thompson MBE, chair of Warrington Disability Partnership; Behnam Sarani, Network Rail; Councillor Les Hoyle

Picture shows (from left): Steve Hunter, transportation manager, Warrington Borough Council; Jon Kelly, Network Rail; Councillor Brian Axcell; Dave Thompson MBE, chair of Warrington Disability Partnership; Behnam Sarani, Network Rail; Councillor Les Hoyle

First published in News

TRAVELLING from Birchwood station is set to get easier thanks to a £2million investment providing step free access to platforms for the first time.

Network Rail will build a new bridge with lifts to all platforms at the station with work set to start later this spring.

The scheme is funded by a £1.193m grant from the Department for Transport's Access for All programme and by Warrington Borough Council.

Ian Joslin, Network Rail area director, said: “These vital improvements to Birchwood station will make life easier for everyone to use the train, especially those with heavy luggage, reduced mobility or with small children.

“The new facilities will help Birchwood station handle the increasing numbers of passengers who are using it every day.”

Clr Linda Dirir, executive member for highways, transportation and climate change added: “The new footbridge and lifts will enable all passengers to easily catch the train from both platforms and will help to make travel by train more convenient, which is a key aim of the council’s Local Transport Plan.”

Clr Pauline Nelson, chairman of Birchwood Town Council, said: “I would like to thank the local community for its strong support for the scheme which helped to secure Department for Transport funding. I would particularly like to thank the East Neighbourhood Board who made a generous financial contribution towards the cost of these improvements.”

Work is set to be completed in the autumn and rail services will not be affected during the project.

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8:53am Wed 9 Apr 14

ChrisNJ says...

About time, just last week after asking for a help with my newborn in her pram, I was told they wasn't allowed due to health and safety and then after seeing me visibly struggle to get the pram up the stairs, ask when its too late if I'm OK or do I need a hand.
About time, just last week after asking for a help with my newborn in her pram, I was told they wasn't allowed due to health and safety and then after seeing me visibly struggle to get the pram up the stairs, ask when its too late if I'm OK or do I need a hand. ChrisNJ
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9:46pm Wed 9 Apr 14

widnesman says...

£2Million to install a couple of lifts and and a few ramps.
Typical Network Rail costing, calculate the true cost and then multiply it by four when someone else is paying for it!!
£2Million to install a couple of lifts and and a few ramps. Typical Network Rail costing, calculate the true cost and then multiply it by four when someone else is paying for it!! widnesman
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9:13am Fri 11 Apr 14

Nick Tessla says...

ChrisNJ wrote:
About time, just last week after asking for a help with my newborn in her pram, I was told they wasn't allowed due to health and safety and then after seeing me visibly struggle to get the pram up the stairs, ask when its too late if I'm OK or do I need a hand.
Health and safety is trotted out , with no basis in legislation or any guidelines, by people who just can't be bothered.

A bot of common decency would be nice - and wouldn't break any health and safety rules.
[quote][p][bold]ChrisNJ[/bold] wrote: About time, just last week after asking for a help with my newborn in her pram, I was told they wasn't allowed due to health and safety and then after seeing me visibly struggle to get the pram up the stairs, ask when its too late if I'm OK or do I need a hand.[/p][/quote]Health and safety is trotted out , with no basis in legislation or any guidelines, by people who just can't be bothered. A bot of common decency would be nice - and wouldn't break any health and safety rules. Nick Tessla
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9:15am Fri 11 Apr 14

Nick Tessla says...

bit , not bot- sorry (I wasn't referring to a socially responsible robot or computer program)
bit , not bot- sorry (I wasn't referring to a socially responsible robot or computer program) Nick Tessla
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